The Latest


Cardinal says Vatican employees could lose jobs for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to... Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

As Lent begins, Irish bishop urges that political leaders be told worship is essential

The worship of God is ‘utterly essential’ and political leaders need to be told this, the Bishop of Raphoe wrote... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Holy Week 2021: Vatican issues guidelines for Catholics amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of... Read more

Catholic doctor calls for independent inquiry into DNR notices for COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities

A Catholic doctor called on Sunday for an independent inquiry into reports that COVID-19 patients with learning disabilities have been... Read more

Archbishop John Wilson at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, England, Feb. 26, 2020. Credit: Mazur/

Catholic archbishop: ‘Our commitment to Christ remains undimmed’ despite the pandemic

If you’ve experienced ups and downs during the pandemic, you are not alone. So has Archbishop John Wilson, leader of... Read more

YouTube’s permanent ban on LifeSiteNews prompts censorship concerns

YouTube has banned the pro-life group LifeSiteNews for alleged misinformation about COVID-19, prompting concerns about censorship and free debate. Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, Calif. Credit: Iv-olga/Shutterstock.

Supreme Court ruling no barrier to ban on indoor worship, Santa Clara County claims

California’s Santa Clara County has again banned indoor worship, saying its rules to mitigate coronavirus spread are “fundamentally different” from... Read more

Pope Francis: Global pandemic shows urgent need to build ‘culture of encounter’

Pope Francis on Friday told academics and diplomats that the coronavirus crisis showed the “urgent need” to build a “culture... Read more

Pilgrims at the Sanctuary Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Photo credits: Sanctuaire ND de Lourdes/Pierre Vincent.

Lourdes shrine invites the sick to find hope through virtual visit

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the papal delegate for the Marian shrine urged masked pilgrims and virtual... Read more

Young people wearing T-shirts with the official WYD Lisbon 2023 logo.

Catholic bishop: World Youth Day 2023 an ‘opportunity to renew hope’ after pandemic

The Catholic bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, has said that the event will be... Read more

Credit: / Shutterstock.

Vatican: Institutionalization of elderly a mark of ‘throwaway culture’

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best... Read more

Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court rebukes California's strict coronavirus rules for churches

California’s strict coronavirus rules banning indoor worship were blocked and revised by a U.S. Supreme Court injunction late Friday night,... Read more

Did 'the Roman Catholic Church' unjustly collect federal aid? AP story misrepresents Church finances, expert says

A Feb. 4 investigative story from the Associated Press inaccurately portrays “the Roman Catholic Church” as a "giant corporate monolith”... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have both received their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a... Read more

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga at a press conference May 12, 2015.

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga tests positive for COVID-19

The Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa said on Thursday that Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “stable and recovering” at a... Read more

The Basílica de la Mare de Déu del Lledó in Castellón de la Plata, Spain. Credit: Juan Emilio Prades Bel via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Spanish city closes basilica, citing coronavirus

The mayor of Castellón de la Plata has has closed the Basílica de la Mare de Déu del Lledó and... Read more

Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Angelus address moves outdoors as coronavirus restrictions ease in Rome

Pope Francis will speak to a live audience once again as his weekly Angelus address moves back to St. Peter’s... Read more

St. Catherine of Siena Monastery in Mexico City.

Mexican nuns in need of help after Covid hits community

The Dominican Nuns of the St. Catherine of Siena Monastery in Mexico City sent an urgent request for "fervent prayers"... Read more

A patient in quarantine lying in a hospital bed. Credit: shutter_o via Shutterstock.

Catholic priest who ‘died twice’ gives thanks for coronavirus recovery

In March 2020, Fr. Michael Stack was looking forward to retiring after years of exhausting priestly ministry. Then the coronavirus... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York attends the No Hate. No Fear. Solidarity March at Columbus Park, Jan. 5, 2020.

Cardinal Dolan quarantining after contact with COVID-positive individual

The Archdiocese of New York announced Thursday that Cardinal Timothy Dolan is quarantining after “close contact” with someone who tested... Read more